Top 25 Group Games And Activities For Kids

Group Games For Kids

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Whether it’s a summer picnic, birthday party or family gathering, you need some games to involve a group of highly-energetic kids. After all, grumpy kids are the last thing that you would want! Besides, group games are not just entertaining, but they also reinforce important values like leadership, teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving skills in children. So, here are group games for kids of all ages that they can enjoy using household items.

25 Fun Group Games And Activities For Kids

1. Snake In The Gutter:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. Gather the kids in the garden.
  1. Make three kids ‘snakes’. Tell the ‘snakes’ to form the gutter by standing in line, making wide spaces between each of them. The ‘snakes’ should face the rest of the kids, who must stand at a distance.
  1. As you yell out ‘snake in the gutter,’ the children have to run through the channel. But they have to make sure that the snake doesn’t tag them.
  1. Kids who’ll be tagged will be the ‘new snakes’ and have to stay in the gutter.
  1. Continue the game until everyone is caught. This is one of the most fun group games for kids.

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2. Wizards, Elves, And Giants:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. You’ll need at least six people for this game.
  1. Divide the kids into two teams. The team should stand in a space of 4 feet between them.
  1. Tell each team to retreat for a huddle and decide what they want to be, elves, giants, and wizards.
  1. After deciding what they want to become, the kids have to come back to their position and tell what they are.
  1. If one team yells wizard, then the other team has to yell elves.
  1. The Wizards team now has to chase the elves. The kid who is tagged will become a part of the opposing team.

3. Bob The Weasel:

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You Will Need:

  • A small object like a marble ring or a coin

How To:

  1. Have the kids create a circle and face inwards. Now you choose one person to be “Bob, the Weasel”.
  1. Bob has to stand in the middle of the circle. Ask ‘Bob’ to close his eyes and spin him around the circle.
  1. Now tell the kids to pass the object, person to person, behind their back. They have to chant in unison ‘Keep going, keep going, Bob the Weasel”. Children can also pass the object in different directions.
  1. Now Bob has to guess who has the object.
  1. The game will continue until Bob can guess the correct person with the coin. The person with the object will become the next ‘Bob’.

4. Line Tag:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. Pick two volunteers from the team. The volunteers will be the ‘it’ in the game.
  1. Now have the other children space out on the court lines. The aim of the game is not to be tagged by the ‘it’.
  1. Everyone in the game, including the ‘it’ can run just on the court lines. If a kid runs off the line or jumps to another line, then he has to sit down and become a ‘block’.
  1. People running on the lines cannot move past these human barriers. Only ‘it’ can run past the blocks and tag everyone else.
  1. The last person standing will be the winner. This game can be one of the large group games for kids. More the kids, more the merry.

5. Marshmallow Toss Game:

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You Will Need:

  • Jumping rope
  • A few bags of small sized marshmallows
  • Towels or any other cleaning materials

How To:

  1. Draw two parallel lines on the floor or ground.
  1. Divide the kids into teams of 5 players. Select one player to be the ‘catcher’.
  1. The ‘catchers’ have to stand behind one of the parallel lines while the rest of the teams behind.
  1. Give a bag of marshmallow to each team. Each player can take just three marshmallows.
  1. As you say ‘go,’ the first player of the team has to toss the marshmallows into his team catcher’s mouth. The catchers can catch the marshmallows using their mouth only. When he has thrown three marshmallows, he can go back to the line and get three more marshmallows.
  1. The team whose ‘catcher’ catches and eats the most marshmallows will be the winner.

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6. Great Wind Blows:

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You Will Need:

  • Chairs

How To:

  1. Arrange the chairs in a circle and make the kids sit down.
  1. You have to stand outside the circle and call out “a great wind is blowing for someone who…” and fill the blank with a phrase that will affect kids in the group.
  1. As the player affected by the ‘wind’ stands up, you quickly have to remove his chair from the circle.
  1. The kid now has to move outside the circle and help you come up with the ideas for the ‘great wind blows’,
  1. If the kid manages to stick to his chair, then he will continue playing the game.

Some ideas include:

  1. “A great wind is blowing for someone who has an elder sister.”
  1. “A great wind is blowing for someone who has an elder brother.”
  1. “A great wind is blowing for someone who has a cat.”
  1. “A great wind is blowing for someone who has been to America.”

7. Blind Man’s Buff:

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You Will Need:

  • A blindfold

How To:

  1. You have to play this game in the backyard or garden.
  1. Select one kid to be the ‘it’ and blindfold him. Have other kids group themselves around him.
  1. Turn him around a few times to disorientate him.
  1. The ‘it’ now has to try to tag one of the kids. The kid caught would become the next ‘it’.
  1. You can also make the ‘it’ guess who the player is by feeling their hair or face.

8. Capture The Flag:

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You Will Need:

  • Two flags or markers
  • A chalk

How To:

  1. Divide the playing area into two. Split the kids into two teams and give each team one-half of the area.
  1. The teams must choose a base position where they can keep their flag and a prison area where they will hold the prisoners. They need to make the other team know about the regions.
  1. Now each team has to try to capture the flag of the other team. Whenever a teammate tries to venture into the other team’s territory, he will face the risk of being caught by the enemy team.
  1. If caught, the other capture can capture and send him to his jail. He will remain there until he is freed or touched by one of his team members.
  1. The team that manages to capture the other team’s flag and return to his territory will win.

9. The Kid Who Cried Wolf:

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You Will Need:

  • A large area to play
  • 3 or more friends

How To:

  1. Select a base.
  1. Select one player to be the wolf. The wolf has to hide, and the other players have to stand at the base and count up to 50.
  1. After reaching 50, the players have to go searching for the wolf.
  1. Whoever finds the wolf has to yell out ‘Wolf’ and let other teammates know about it.
  1. Now the players have to run back to the base without being tagged by the world.
  1. The wolf cannot start running until he hears the word ‘wolf.’
  1. If the player tags a player, then he will become the new wolf. Begin the game again. Come a rainy day and this can be one of the indoor group games for kids.

10. Treasure Hunt:

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You Will Need:

  • An object
  • A piece of paper
  • A pencil or pen
  • 2 to 3 players

How To:

  1. Hide the object in a safe place. It shouldn’t be so small that it cannot be found.
  1. Now draw the map of the home or area playing in. Mark an ‘x’ on the spot where you’ve hidden the treasure.
  1. The other players now have to search to find the hidden treasure using the map.
  1. You can also leave clues if you want.

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11. Electricity:

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You Will Need:

  • A quarter
  • A few objects that kids can grab a stuffed animal, water bottle, ball and so on.

How To:

  1. Divide the children into two equal teams. Have both the teams line up on a parallel line.
  1. Place the object at around 5 feet away from the line. You have to stand at the head of the line.
  1. The players on the line have to close their eyes and hold hands. Only one player in both the teams does not need to shut their eyes.
  1. Flip a coin and reveal the quarter to the kids.
  1. If the quarter comes as ‘head’, then the first person has to squeeze the next person’s hand. Then the second player has to press the next person’s hand and so forth.
  1. At the end of the line, the last person has to run to grab the object.
  1. The team that catches the object first will be the winner of the round.
  1. In the quarter comes, as ‘tails’, then no one will squeeze the hands. If any player accidently grabs the hand, then his team will lose one point.
  1. For the second round, the first person has to go back to the line and the game will continue as it is. The first team to reach 10 points will win the game.

12. Musical Chairs:

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You Will Need:

  • Chairs
  • A music player

How To:

  1. Have all the kids make a circle with their chairs, with seats point out. You take out one chair.
  1. As you play the music, the players have to walk around the circle. And as you stop the music, the players have to sit in the chair. The person who’ll get no seat will be out of the game.
  1. Once the player is out of the game, take out one more chair and start the music again.
  1. The last player remaining will be the winner.

13. Buzzing Bees:

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You Will Need:

  • A small object like a ring, coin or marble

How To:

  1. Have the kids sit down on the floor or ground as a team.
  1. Select one player to be the volunteer. The volunteer has to leave the room.
  1. Now hand another player sitting down a ring. He has to hide the object in his or hand or pocket.
  1. Call back the volunteer and ask him to guess who has the object through the buzzing sound. The louder the buzzing, the closer the volunteer is to the object. The buzzing sound will be the hint of where the object is located.
  1. Once the volunteer finds the object, select another player to leave the room.
  1. To make the game more competitive, time the volunteers to see who can find the object fastest.

14. Ready, Aim, And Throw:

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You Will Need:

  • Several blindfolds
  • Softballs

How To:

  1. Divide the team into pairs.
  1. One teammate has to wear the blindfold, and another has to lead him by his arm.
  1. Have the blindfolded player throw the softball at the other blindfolded player of the opposing team.
  1. The second blindfolded player has to pick up the bowl and throw at another blindfolded player.
  1. If a player is hit twice, the pair will be out of the game. He will head to the sides to watch the game.
  1. The other teammate can help the blindfolded player when to move or duck in a particular direction.
  1. For a fun variation, have the players lead their blindfolded teammates only with voice, without touching.

Note:

Before playing, make sure to remind the kids that safety is of utmost importance, not winning. Demonstrate to the players how to lead the partner by arms and how to direct him or her to throw the ball.

15. Seagulls And Crows:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. Split the kids into two teams. One team will be ‘crows’ and the other team will be ‘seagulls’.
  1. Make ending lines for both the teams.
  1. Have the kids line up facing each other, with three feet between each of them.
  1. Narrate a story using two elements- crows and seagulls.
  1. When you say ‘crow,’ the crows have to run back to their ending line. In the process, the seagulls will try to tag the crows before they reach the end of the room. If the seagulls can catch the crow, the crow will become a part of the seagull’s group.
  1. It will be the same with seagulls too. If you call out the word ‘seagull’ in the story, the teammates have to run to their ending line. The crows will try to tag the seagulls.
  1. The team that has the most number of players on one side will be the winner.

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16. Two Truths And A Lie:

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You Will Need:

  • A paper and pen for each participant

How To:

  1. Make the kids sit in a circle.
  1. Now tell each player write two correct sentences and one false sentence on the paper. The sentence can be in any order. All the sentences must be believable and not obvious.
  1. Each player has to read their truths and lies aloud to the group one at a time.
  1. The other players have to think which of these statements are true and which is false.
  1. After every kid has the read out their sentences, take a vote on which statement they think is a lie.
  1. The player who fools most of the kids will win two points.
  1. At the end of the game, the kid with the most points will be the winner.

17. Spud:

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You Will Need:

  • A softball

How To:

  1. Have one person to be in the middle of the field. The players have to stand at the arm’s distance of the player standing in the middle.
  1. Give the ball to the person in the center of the group. The participant has to throw the ball straight up in the air.
  1. As the ball is in the air, everyone has to run from the middle player. If the person in the middle catches the ball, he has to shout ‘SPUD’ and other players have to freeze where they are.
  1. The person in the middle now has to take three steps in any direction. After this, he can throw the ball to any player. He can even dodge the ball, but without moving his feet.
  1. If the ball hits the player, he will receive the letter ‘S’ and will now stand in the middle. If the ball does not hit any player, then the same player will continue to remain in the middle.
  1. The game will go on until one player gets all the four letters ‘SPUD’. The person who gets ‘SPUD’ will be out of the game. Continue the game until there is just one player in the game.

18. Heads Up Seven Up:

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You Will Need:

  • Table
  • Chair

How To:

  1. The game is best played with large groups like in a classroom.
  1. Make the kids sit down in the chairs.
  1. Select seven kids (volunteers) from the group and ask them to stand in front of the room. Now call out “heads down, thumbs up.”
  1. The rest of the kids have to cover their eyes and put their heads down on the table with one thumb sticking up.
  1. The seven volunteers now have to go to seven players and press their thumb secretly. After pressing the thumbs, they have to walk back to the front of the room.
  1. Now say ‘heads up, seven up.” The kids whose thumbs were pressed now have to stand up.
  1. Ask the kids who they think pressed their thumb. If the player guesses correctly, tell his volunteer to sit down and the winner will take his position.
  1. If the assumption is incorrect, then the volunteer will remain at the front of the room.
  1. The game will continue until you get a new set of volunteers.

19. Scavenger Hunt:

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You Will Need:

  • Easily recognizable objects
  • Pen
  • Paper

How To:

  1. Hide the objects in your backyard or rooms of the house.
  1. Write down the name of the objects on a sheet of paper. Give each kid a list of items, which he has to find.
  1. Either divide the kids into two groups or in the pair.
  1. The team that gets the maximum objects will be the winner.

20. Doggy, Doggy Where’s Your Bone?

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You Will Need:

  • An artificial bone
  • A chair
  • A blindfold

How To:

  1. Assemble the kids in the garden or living room.
  1. Give one person (it) the bone and tell him to sit in the chair. Blindfold the player.
  1. The other players have to line up behind her and sit down.
  1. Now the ‘it’ has to say, “Doggy, Doggy, where’s Your Bone?”
  1. The other player now has to go and get the bone and hide it on him.
  1. Now remove the blindfold and tell him (it) to guess which player has the bone.

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21. Duck Duck Goose:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. Make the kids sit in a circle, with legs crossed. Choose one player to be the ‘goose’.
  1. Now tell the goose to walk around the circle and tap each player lightly on the head, saying ‘duck.’
  1. When the goose taps and says ‘goose’ instead of duck, the player has to stand up to run.
  1. The goal for the previous goose is to race and try to sit in the space.
  1. The person left standing will be the new goose.

22. 10 Pin Knockdown:

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You Will Need:

  • Bowling pins

How To:

  1. Split the players into equal teams.
  1. Divide the playing area into equal halves.
  1. Now the teams have to place the pins in their playing area and spread themselves out.
  1. On the call of ‘go’, the players have to knock down the pins of the other team.
  1. The side with all the pins will win.

23. Bees And Butterflies:

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You Will Need:

  • Soft objects

How To:

  1. Select two players as bees and give them stingers. The rest of the players will be butterflies.
  1. The bees have to go around stinging the butterflies.
  1. The butterfly that has been stung will have to freeze. To thaw the butterfly, two other butterflies have to link their arms around the injured butterfly and bring him to the safe area. The injured butterfly has to count till five and then get back to the game.
  1. The game will end when all the butterflies are stung.This can be one of the fun games for groups of kids, especially the little girls!!

24. All-Star:

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You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Markers

How To:

  1. Give each player a sheet of paper and tell the kids to make their self-portrait. Tell them to put their name on it.
  1. Tell the kids to stick their portrait on the wall.
  1. Now tell the kids to write a positive adjective describing each person and stick on their portrait.

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25. Steal The Keys:

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You Will Need:

  • Metal Bowl
  • Blindfold
  • Keys
  • Rolled Up Newspaper
  • A Chair

How To:

  1. Put the keys in a metal bowl and place it under the chair. Tell the kids to make a wide circle around the chair.
  1. Select a kid, blindfold him and tell him to sit in the chair armed with the newspaper. The volunteer has to defend the keys while the kids try to steal the keys.
  1. The player who steals the keys will be the next volunteer.

We’re sure you and the little ones will create some great memories playing these games. Do you have any special group game to share with other mommies? Then leave us a comment below!

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